Kid Lit: Avoiding “Summer Slide” – Read A Book, Or How About Forty Of Them!

Ah, summertime!  It’s what my kidlets look forward to all year.  Two solid months of fun, excitement and no stress.  Days filled with playing, hanging out with friends, swimming, making crafts and eating lots of ice cream.   Hearing about my kidlet’s daily adventures makes me wish I could be a kid again – having a pretty-much carefree summer instead of going to work everyday.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-boy-girl-reading-books-image19977713However, as many of you moms out there would agree, while I want my kidlets to enjoy their break, I don’t want them to suffer from “summer slide.”  That’s what happens when young minds sit idle for weeks at a time without any learning instruction.  To help avoid this, I enrolled both the kidlets in our local library’s summer reading program.

Each of my kidlets – my son is almost seven, my daughter is 4½ – got their own personalized reading log.  We keep the logs hung up on the bulletin board in our kitchen for easy access.

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One Brick At A Time – LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester Review

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Back in the early 80s, when I was about nine years old, I had a friend who was totally obsessed with LEGO®.  I loved to have play dates at her house because on the floor of her bedroom she had built an entire LEGO town.

It was completeTHM_LEGOLANDDISCOVERYCENTER_LegoTown2 with houses, police & fire stations, apartment buildings, a hospital, a gas station, an airport and the streets were even dotted with trees, flowers, bushes and light posts.

There were lots of LEGO men doing things throughout the town, pumping gas, flying planes and doing construction.  I don’t seem to remember there being too many LEGO women around, but my favorite ones were the ones who worked at the hospital.  They had crazy 60s-style beehive hairdos that curled up at the ends!

Flash forward to today and you can still find me playing and building with LEGO, but this time it’s with my kidlets.

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Kid Lit: Another “Good Question!”

A few months back I wrote about how my kidlets ask me about a million questions a day and how I used Good Question! books to help me answer some of their more probing ones.   My kidlets devoured those books and by the time they were finished with each of the five books we had, they were all smarty pants about things like the five senses, the American Civil War, the Earth, how plants grow, how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and our solar system!   And then another round of questions began….

THM_GoodQuestion_1Thankfully a new series of Good Question! books recently showed up at our home, courtesy of Sterling Children’s Books, so once again, I’ve got answers!

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The Sweet Smell of “Familiar Favorites” by Air Wick

They say smell creates the most THM_AirWickFamiliarFavorites_1powerful memories.  Now, I’m not exactly sure who “they” are,  some sort of experts I guess,  but I’m definitely a believer!

Have you ever smelled something and were automatically transported back to a specific moment or place in time?  I know that’s true for me.  There are scents that take me back to being a little kid, playing at my friend’s houses and momentous moments in my life.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Air Wick.I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Well Air Wick® has come out with a new line of air fresheners called The Familiar Favorites™ Collection, which brings home the comforting scents of the brands that families have grown to love.  Each of the three scents in this collection evoke the aroma and comfort of home – from clean laundry mixed with sunshine and pure while flowers with Snuggle® Fresh Linen; to the clean scent and bonds formed when bathing little one with Baby Magic® Clean Baby and a warm delicious baked treat with Cinnabon® Classic Cinnamon Roll.

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Kids Imagination Comes Alive – Surprise Ride Review

In a world that is filled with hi-tech, battery-operated toys with lots of bells and whistles, I like it when my kidlets to play with toys that encourage them to use their creativity and imagination, just like I did when I was their age.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-imagination-image17766376On a daily basis you can find my kids on any number of fascinating adventures. They make up incredible stories where they ride dinosaurs, battle space monsters, jump over mountains, build magic castles and they even have super heroes save princesses from evil witches.  Sometimes mom even gets to join in – mostly I get relegated to the monster or evil witch parts, but every once in a while I do get to be the fairy godmother!

So when a box to review Surprise Ride, a monthly subscription box that sends kids aged 6-11 a surprise box of activities with all the tools they need to explore and try something new, showed up on our doorstep the kidlets were excited to see what adventure they’d be taking.

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Sounding Good For Father’s Day – Sol Republic Master Tracks Headphones Review & Giveaway

Looking for a Father’s Day gift idea??  Tyler AKA The Hubs is here to help out with a great gift idea for any tech/music lover with a review of Sol Republic’s Master Tracks headphones and a great giveaway to win a pair for the special dad in your life!  So take it away Tyler…..

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A few months back I wrote about our Sol Republic Deck, a Bluetooth-enabled speaker that allows you to wirelessly stream music from computers, tablets, smartphones and various electronic devices. At the risk of overstating it, it’s really has changed our life and the way we listen to music, and something we use and enjoy nearly every day.  And now that the weather is finally warming up, we are using it more than ever, for fire pits, barbeques, and playing in the yard. But if you are like me, as fun as it is to crank the tunes, sometimes you want to or need to have a little more one-on-one time with your music.

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My Daughter Is A Real Charm! CHARM IT! Bracelet Review & Giveaway

My daughter has never been much of a girly girl. Maybe it’s because she has an older brother that she can play for hours with her beloved Super Hero dolls, race her Hot Wheels cars  and battle it out with imaginary fire-breathing dragons with her sword and shield. Nothing makes her happier than playing in the dirt, climbing a rock wall or kicking around a soccer ball in our backyard. The best is the reaction I get when I pull a dress out of the closet for her to wear, she protests as if I were strapping her into a straight jacket!

However, my daughter is a THM_CharmIt_2walking contradiction.

A peek into her pink bedroom reveals a love of all things Disney princess. She has a purple princess bed and her walls are decorated with images of  her beloved Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Snow White, Belle and Rapunzel, otherwise known in our house as the tiara mafia!  Aside from her princess preference, my little gal also seems to have acquired her mom’s love of girly charm bracelets!

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The Laundry Rules Have Changed – Purex No Sort for Colors Detergent Review & Giveaway

It’s no secret that I love doing laundry. I guess I enjoy the routine of the process – the sorting and the folding. I can get pretty obsessive sometimes sorting my laundry. I make piles of darks, semi-darks, whites, brights, towels and delicates. Every once in a while a stray item gets tossed in the wrong pile and suddenly a nice white t-shirt is turned into a red one or a dark sock gets in a load of whites and suddenly everything is gray.

THM_PurexNoSortForColors_2Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to worry about sorting your laundry or what detergent to use and just toss everything in one big load in the washing machine?  The laundry rules have changed and you can with Purex® No Sort™ for Colors detergent.

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Get Happy With a New Furry Friend – The Happy’s Review & Giveaway

As a mom, I love seeing my kidlets use their imagination to have fun.  I’m always on the lookout for engaging toys for them that are not only entertaining but also interactive.  So when The Happy’s showed up on our doorstep they instantly found a home here.

THM_TheHappys_3The Happy’s are the newest sensation from Cepia, the makers of ZhuZhu Pets.  They are an adorable line of interactive motorized plush pets. From doing tricks to racing after a ball, The Happy’s really play with you.  These toys feature the playful charm of real puppies and kittens, The Happy’s love to spin, sit, pounce and play.

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Kid Lit: Good Question!

On any given day my kidlets ask me hundreds of questions. “Who is picking me up from school today?” “What are we having for dinner?” “Where are my sneakers?” “Why do I have to brush my teeth every day?” “When will you stop telling me what to do?” These questions are pretty simple for me to answer.   I don’t even have to think twice about my reply because there is no doubt that I have the correct answer.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-multicolor-question-marks-connecting-image13130710It’s when my kidlets ask me questions such as: “Why is the sky blue?” “Where does the wind come from?” “Where do plants come from?” and “What are clouds made of?” that I feel like I’m on the hot seat.  Not only do I want to be able to give them the correct answer, but I also want to answer them in an age-appropriate way for them to understand.

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